According to News & Star magazine, members of the public have spoken with developers about the possibility of submitting a planning request for two pyrolysis facilities north of Carlisle, UK.

In July, members of the public and the Rockcliffe parish council examined the public consolation for a "sustainable eco-project" of two facilities proposed for the Rockcliffe Northwest Recycling Centre – one for plastics and one for tires.

Instead of being disposed of in landfills, pyrolysis entails turning waste plastic into fuel (high octane gas, bio-fuels and carbon black – substances used in everyday things from cars to computers).

According to the ideas, the waste processing technique has a great deal of promise for more ethical waste processing, is "autonomous" and would ultimately improve the circular economy.

The prospective construction will like to increase the use of a 2,033 square foot warehouse on the Rockcliffe Industrial Estate, which had a significant fire in November 2021.

"After the horrendous fire last year, which lasted for four whole weeks and covered large areas of Carlisle as well as the rural areas, we have no trust in Cumbria County Council or the agencies to monitor the safety of anything, let alone three new plants," said Sally Tears, a spokesperson for the Rockcliffe and District Action group.

And Dr Andrew Rollinson of Loughborough University claimed that pyrolysis as a technology 'is not the answer'. "It is mis-representative to describe pyrolysis as being a sustainable energy-from-waste concept," he said.

Helen Davison, Green Party's city councillor for Belah and Kingmoor, said: "We're backing the Rockcliffe residents in their concerns and opposition to the potential development of the plant".

A planning application will be submitted in the near future with more details on the potential project set to be provided.

The commercial ventures supported by international players like Enviro, Pyrum, Circtec, Bolder Industries, Delta Energy, and others fly in the face of this anti-pyrolysis campaign. One could argue that in order to overcome community opposition, the pyrolysis industry has to focus more on public education and less on naval analysis.

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